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increase since toward war 2 president obama called congressional leaders to the white house for one last desperate shot at a -- world war ii, president obama called congressional leaders to the white house for one last desperate shot at a deal. some republicans believe the meeting with the president is really just for show. >> when the president calls congressional leaders to the white house, it's all political theater or they've got a deal. >> reporter: democrats insist the president tried for weeks to get an agreement on plan a, a $4 trillion debt deal, and after the failure of speaker john boehner's plan b mr. obama has taken the initiative to bring plan c to the meeting today. >> this is not for show. this is a last ditch effort by the president to bring the congressional leaders together to try and get at least a small package, small deal together, before the new year to avoid some of the tax parts of the fiscal cliff and to deal with some of the unexcept issues. >> reporter: that package first unveiled by the president last friday before left for hawaii is a slimmed down bill tha
a deal, president obama mmets t the white house with senate majority leader harry reid,, pelosi, senate minority leader miich mcconnell and houue &psppaker john bbehner. they have only our days to reach an agreement... or the u-s economy will go over thee so-called "fiscal cllff." that's when automattc tax increasse and ssendinngcuts would take effect. reaching a deal beeooe then on't be easy. becauseeright now, both high-stakes political blame game. we are here in washingtonnworking while the members of the house of reeresentatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccerrand bbsketball and doing all kinds oo things. they should be here. i told the prreident i'd beehappy to look at whateeer he proposes but the truth is we're coming up against a hardd &pthis is a conversation we &pbbsh-era tax cuts to everyonne except those americans making year. many republicans rrmain - against any tax incceases. most americans just wann sommthing to be done. ppople are just tired of everyone to come together. if lawmmkers don't reach a deal by jaauary 1st, many econnnmists are on
the four congressional leaders at the white house. called by president obama, house speaker john boehner is a key figure. >> the fact that he has come back to me says that they cannot come up with some kind of agreement. -- that they can come up with an agreement. >> both sides want to avoid middle-class tax cuts. the hang up is the tax hikes on the rich. those making over $250,000 in the obama reposal or $400,000, a level that mitch mcconnell reportedly said he might be able to sel? republicans won the debate shifted. >> the talk about taxes, but what it should be about is what we want to talk about today -- the medicare fiscal cliff. >> no date to cut a day to reform entitlements by tuesday. >> if we do something right now to have long-lasting, adverse effects on economic growth, that will affect us for a long time. >> until the cliff, americans say fix the tax problem. >> it's so frustrating to see both sides so far apart. >> we should not be taxed more because they cannot work together. >> get the middle class down and figure of the rest of it come january, worst case. >> worst case?
house. president obama called congressional leaders to the white house. the hope was he could hash out the framework for a possible deal. danielle nottingham joins us with the latest. okay, did they get it done, danielle? >> reporter: derek, we're just not sure what happened. all four leaders left the white house without speaking to the media. we can only assume that means this wasn't a productive meeting. top congress impressional leaders left the white house after a last-ditch fiscal k cliff meeting with president obama. the closed door meeting was an attempt to avoid the automatic tax headaches and spending cuts set to king at the start of the new year. with just three days to go republicans and democrats are still blaming each other. >> i want to thank all of you for being here to call upon the republicans not to drop the ball on the middle class. >> reporter: there was a new year's eve style rally saying the fiscal cliff ball is in the republicans court. >> it's republicans who are holding hostage the middle class in america so that the wealthy don't have to pay their fair share.
have breaking news from the white house where president obama is talking about the fiscal cliff after a meeting with congressional leaders. let's listen in. >> also ask lobbyist americans to pay a little more. above all, protect our middle class and everyone who is striving to get into the middle class. i want to still get this down. the right thing to do for our families, our businesses, and for our entire economy. but, the hour for immediate action is here. it's now. we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law every american's paycheck will get considerably smaller. and that would be the wrong thing to do. for the economy, would be -- it would be bad for middle-class families and for businesses that depend on family spending. fortunately, congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now. i just had a good and constructive discussion at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i am optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can
in the fiscal cliff talks. president obama is holding a summit at the white house today with congressional leaders and members of the house have to be back to work by 6:30 sunday night leaving them with just over 4 hours to come to a conclusion. steep cuts and tax hikes impacting from everything from your paycheck to the defense budget could take effect. >>> norman schwarzkopf has died. the retired general died from complications of pneumonia. he was best nope for leading international forces in iraq in 19916789 he was 78. >>> former president george h. w. bush remains in intensive care at a texas hospital this morning. his chief of staff says bush is getting excellent medical care but expects nobody the hospital for a while. he is battling bronchitis and other complications from it. the 88-year-old was admitted to the hospital more than a month ago. >>> three people were killed when a tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic was rear ended by a pickup. all of the victims were in the pickup. this happened about 7:00 last night and traffic was still moving slowly in the area late last ni
president obama has called the top four congressional leaders to the white house this afternoon for a closed-door meeting charley. and he wants to try to figure out a way to end this fiscal cliff stalemate but you hear the rhetoric being talked about on capitol hill, among leaders, republicans and democrats are still pointing the blame at each other for not getting this deal done. and for the lack of progress. so still no movement yet and there's only a few days to go to a get anything done. charley. >> you know let's go to what was said yesterday we talk about harry reid referring to john boehner as dictator. and we got mitch mcconel saying we are not going to write a blank check coming up with solutions. it seals like there's no common -- seems like there's no common ground and the word lost in all this is compromise. >> reporter: exactly. and you are correct. the feeling here in washington is that the country will in fact go over the cliff because both sides are so far apart in coming to a deal and if that happens, analysts say the first order of duty for the new congress would be to pass
at the white house. president obama and top congressional leaders were trying to come up with ways to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in next week. keith russell with more on the budget talks that ended about 45 minutes away. >> jim, the meeting started at 3:10 and ended at 4:15. the four congressional leaders left without speaking to the media. with $600 billion in tax hikes set to take effect new year's day. senior advisers said the president was set to make a small offer with the full support of reid and pelosi. nbc news has learned that a previous offered made by the president, the one that involved a tax increase for only those earning more than $400 is off the table. advisers say that was part of a bigger proposal that speaker boehner did not accept. it looks like the current proposal goes back to raising taxes on those who make more than $250,000. the proposal known as plan b didn't work. it will remain to be seen if the smaller plan will. either way the countdown to the if you year could be very costly. >> i'm hopeful that a deal will avoid the worst parts of a fis
obama is on his way back to washington, some lawmakers are expected to get back to the nation's capital. >> with five days left to reach an agreement, doubts are growing that the white house and republicans can cut a deal in time. after spending part his christmas holiday visiting presidenthow y. hawaii, obama will return to resume talks. formal negotiations have yet to be scheduled. the house will reconvene on thursday. >> we have seen this game played before. it literally came down to the last minute. >> is the country goes over the fiscal cliff, some economists fear the combination of budget cuts and higher taxes could trigger another recession. others say the deadline is not as firm. congress could pass a temporary measure early that would roll back any changes. political analysts warn some consequences may be immediate. >> maybe a tremendous response and that would alarm everybody. >> stock prices dropped friday after a republican-led plan collapsed. nearly half of americans are doubtful the two sides can settle their differences. >> when the uncertain. tax rates will go up on 30 m
. >>> this is a crucial day in the effort to keep the country from going off the fiscal cliff. president obama meets with congressional leaders this afternoon. white house is denying reports to send a scaled back plan to congress. a deal at this point would probably extend bush era tax cuts for most americans and raise taxes on the country's top earners. it could also include an extension of long-term unemployment benefits, spending cuts would also be postponed. house speaker john boehner will be at the meeting today. the house will convene for a rare sunday evening session. house majority leader eric cantor says the house could be in session until january 2nd, the day before the new congress is sworn in. boehner, meanwhile, maintains that it's up to the senate to act first. >>> millions of americans may watch the ball drop new year's eve in times square, but a group of democrats is organizing its own ball drop on capitol hill. they'll launch their countdown today. their ball represents republicans dropping the ball on middle class families should lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal c
tonight. a white house christmas. president barack obama and first lady michelle obama sit down with our own barbara walters for their first interview together since the election. we take you inside the first family's holiday tradition coming up on nightline right after abc2 news at 11:00. c1 >> you're watching the station that works for you. abc2 news, baltimore. >> if you don't like someone, go ahead and give them this flower. flour fan attics are going to see the corpse flower. >> it smells like a rotting corpse. >> i think it's appropriate actually. i think it needs something more. >> it sounds lovely. they only bloom a couple of day in their six year life. this one received full bloom christmas. but tomorrow, it will be dead. >> it smells dead already. >>> many people try online dateing to find a special someone. and an 81-year-old man is going for a more direct way. sandy is wearing a sign around his neck that says he wants a wife. he was married many times. he says he changed his ways and wants someone he can spend the rest of his life with. but there are some nonane yore bls. >>
. john, just to start, nbc's white house reporter kristen welker says this is not obama nouning that a deal has been reached. >> he is trying to keep the pressure on with the deadline just hours away. he is going to emphasize his message that he has had all along about they need to get a deal that protects the middle class. i may even hear talk that there might be middle class families with him as kind of a stage -- not to say stage propz, but -- >> way to drive the point home. so let's talk about -- with the acknowledgment -- it's hypothetical, but let's talk about the fact that the reporting from nbc now suggests that anybody that makes above $400,000, individual, and $450,000 as a family will see their taxes go up to the 39.6% rate. everybody below that will retain the tax cuts put in place in the bush administration. is that a good deal for democrats who certainly seem -- i would -- from my political analysis, after plan b went down in the house ten days ark that they had all the cards to play here. >> well, they certainly felt that they had all the cards. >> certainly. >> t
obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a fiscal cliff summit. >> here we are. five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: under senate rules the onlyway a bill could come through the you woulds in time is if every senator agrees not to slow the progress. the house will be back here sunday night giving them just more than 24 hours to vote on any bill the senate works out. outside the beltway, don will be watching. >> everybody's kind of in a wait and see and finger crossed perspective right now. >> reporter: since 1930, this is only the fifth time congress has worked after christmas. tara mergener, for cbs news, washington. >>> time right now is 6:07 and i'm watching your money. we're going to have to see if wall street can finally ends its losi
details out of washington from the white house. we heard from a very frustrated barack obama after a meeting with congressional leaders to talk about the fiscal cliff. he said it was a good day and constructive conversation. he also said mitch mcconnell and harry reid are currently working on a bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. again a reminder, on january 1st, a package of across-the- board spending cuts and tax increases go into effect. the president also issued an ultimatum saying if no bipartisan agreement can be reached, he will ask them to bring it package to the floor for an up or down vote. why does everyone have to wait until the last minute? he called this a self-inflicted political wounds. it is because they could not reach a deal earlier this year. we will have more tonight at 11. now we will lighten the mood a little bit here to talk about the soft shell crab sandwich. that's quite a sad way. it may become the first state sandwich. -- that's quite a segue. in 2008, they pass legislation to make the multi layered cake our state dessert. >> i like the sandw
obama headed back to the white house. >>> it's a tragedy of inimaginable horror. more than a dozen elementary children brutally murdered by a gunman who walked into a school and opened fire. >>> a couple of the biggest stories right there at the end of the year. >> yeah. >>> it's been a chilly day, what is it going to be like when you head out to celebrate new year's tonight? >> we have a whole new year coming, guys, right around the corner, less than -- just over seven hours away. i had to do the math. it won't take me as long in 2013. the forecast dinner's ready. [ female announcer ] hamburger helper stroganoff. beefy. creamy. stroganoffy. helpers. forty dishes, all delicious. i just finished a bowl of your light chicken pot pie soup and it was so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> doug did the math for us. just under seven hours? >> just over. >> good place to be for about a million people tonight. >> have you guy
,000 people signed an online petition on the white house website asking the obama administration to recognize the westboro baptist church as a heat group. the signatures makes it the most supported single petition ever on the white house site. the church is primarily made up of members from one family. >>> parking is about to get a lot more expensive in one u.s. city. >> yeah, you're going to find out where it's going to cost you much more to cost for just one hour of parking in 2013. >> all right also ahead this morning, we have heard it before. be careful what you post online because it could come back to haunt you. and now one local college wants to make sure that their students have tasteful online profiles. we're going to tell you what they're doing to help their graduates get ready. >> and good morning, aisle mike masco. this is the abc2 app and again you can get this on the itunes store and the google play store. we have storm shield also and our interactive radar on this is showing a snowstorm possibly by the weekend. we'll talk about that coming up after this. >>> 6:38. thank you for
interesting than some white-haired old dude. it did represent fictionally what barack obama represented factually. the best of what america could be. having only emancipated slaves 100 and something years before could put as its chief executive of black man. it was better drama. >> it was a very deliberate choice. it was a story telling choice. >> it was a more interesting choice. >> trying to create stakes. the assassination would be a national catastrophe. the first african american with a chance for the white house. that is where the choice came from. >> last question. yes? >> [inaudible] i want to circle back about what you said about the saudi ambassador. you've already discussed with you think about. what control does you have over the show's going there and being translated, and maybe not the dialogue that you intended? how does that work? according to him, this is a huge influence in how we are viewed. >> it is a distribution -- what control do we have in terms of distribution? >> [inaudible] >> she is asking an artistic question. >> i sent fox has some monitoring. >> that is no
outside at the white house, where lawmakers will sit down with president obama today before a rare weekend session. >> later, while the redskins get ready for dallas, we'll sit down with author mike richmond for a closer look at what some call the greatest rivalry in the nfl. good morning, i'm tony perkins. >> i'm wisdom martin in for allison. >> mostly cloudy to start the day. in the 30s. no travel concerns today. no weather to speak of today. less wind than yesterday, so that will be nice. the next snow event, and it will be a small sized one, small to medium sized one, will be early tomorrow. during the day saturday. >> okay. >> that's the first thing you need to know. 37 now in washington. 15 in detroit. it's cold. much of the area at or below freezing. 31 in new york city. 29 in boston. let's look at the satellite radar together. a lot of clouds in the forecast. you can see into west virginia and all the clouds out there. partly to mostly cloudy this afternoon. might get a little sunshine. should feel a little better than yesterday, because winds won't be blowing like yesterday. highs
and at the white house between the speaker and president obama. they got to the edge and almost had a handshake deal and did not end up falling through. a similar situation this time, a lot of. closed door of a lot of party leaders feel it's impossible to have conversations in the open in negotiations because they would just get the blowback immediately from different interest groups. there's also a lot of lawmakers in both parties that children need to be more transparency so the public can know with their elected officials are doing. host: damien is joining us on the republican line from louisville, ky. caller: good morning. host: i want to ask you about the republican leader from your own state, mitch mcconnell, and his role in these negotiations. how is he doing as a republican? caller: is doing pretty good. host: go ahead with your comment. caller: i really don't see much on the fiscal cliff. if they make a deal, either way they go, it will hurt. by the time 2014 gets here and when obamacare kicks in, it will cost me so much that i will have to quit work. it will be worth more for me to be
. >>> this morning's big story is the fiscal cliff. with the clock ticking, president obama is inviting top lawmakers to the white house today. >> he will meet with both republican and democratic leaders to try to find an agreement on avoiding this fiscal cliff. sherry ly is live at the white house this morning with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. the tone here in washington hasn't really changed much since before christmas. now, with days to go before going over that so-called fiscal cliff, the president is hoping today's 3:00 meeting here at the white house with democratic and republican leaders will help avoid this standoff. both sides continue to play the blame game though. senate majority leader harry reid attacked house speaker john boehner for blocking a vote on a potential deal while the gop led house isn't due back until sunday, just one day before the deadline to avoid the automatic tax increases in spending cuts that could send the nation into recession. the differences between the two sides remain intact. democrats want to raise taxes on everyone earning more than $250,000 a year a
last shot. president obama and congressional leaders will meet this afternoon at the white house in a last-ditch effort to avoid a self-inflicted fiscal calamity. this is the first meeting between the power plays in six weeks. if they can't work out some kind of agreement automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will go into affected new year's day, which will impact most americans and will put the nation back into recession. >> we are coming up against a hard deadline. >> at today's meeting, president obama will push for a stop gap measure, a small deal that will at least prevent tax increases for those earning $250,000 or less. but even that seems unlikely. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> publicly, both sides have ratcheted up rhetoric, pointing the finger. >> john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> the only reason why democrats have been trying to defect -- deflect attention over the past few weeks is they did not have a plan of their own. >> the path for the re
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by sunday. this progress comes after president obama met with congressional leaders at the white house today for about an hour. >> i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody's going to get 100% of what they want, but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and, in fact, the world economy, aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> if there is no deal, taxes will go up next week for most americans. there will be sharp spending cuts and 2 million people will lose their extended unemployment benefits. >>> on "meet the press" this sunday, president obama will sit down for an exclusive interview with david gregory as the fiscal cliff deadline approaches. watch the interview this sunday morning at 10:30 here on nbc 4. >>> a huge turnout at the what's called the nation's gun show in shantilly, virginia, today. thousands of people attended. some vendors sold out. it is marred by controversy following the shooting at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut. darcy spencer has our report. >> reporter: it's the second oldest gu
when big tax increases and spending cuts have scheduled to kick in. president obama returned to the white house yesterday and is said to be calling congressional leaders to meet today. the senate was in session yesterday but didn't offer any new fiscal cliff solutions. the house is still on vacation. >>> so here are few tips to make your smart phone last longer and that could save you money. just like your car regular maintenance on the phone can help you get more mileage out of it. now first experts suggest get rid of all the apps that you are not using. because they take up a lot of memory. you can always reinstall them later. text messages, e-mails, voice mails, photos, they can also chip away at your memory as well. >> they're not really running down your battery but you might find that you want to get rid of them and you'll have a lot more space for other things that you do use and listen to like apps and music. >> okay you do with this your computer clearing the cache that's going to improve your phone's memory or the phone's performance. to do that, you have to go to t
soledad is off today. president obama will hold a critical meeting at the white house. and blame game is down right nasty. >>> tributes from the pentagon, white house, and gulf war buddies after the passing of stormin general norman schwarzkopf. and teachers learning how to shoot in case a gunman walks into their classroom. the man offering lessons were free. "starting point" begins right now. friday, december 28th. and our starting point, the pace in's economy and your take home pay on the chopping block. four days remain before the u.s. goes over the edge. that means tax hikes and spending cuts that could trigger another recession. congressional leaders will meet today at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. the full house not even expected to return to work until sunday. here is the guest list for today's showdown. the president, vice president biden, senate majority leader harry reid and house minority leader nancy pelosi on the democratic side. house speaker john boehner, mitch mcconnell representing the republicans. brianna keilar live from washington. what do we expect to happen today?
. that happened just before 2:00 this morning. >>> negotiations will resume today at the white house on a deal to keep the country from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama will meet with congressional leaders this afternoon with just four days left to reach an agreement. with time running out, it appears a deal at this point would likely include an extension of tax cuts for the middle class and a cancellation of spending cuts. an aide to senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says the republican senator is eager, quote-unquote, to hear from the president. >>> house lawmakers are heading back to washington ahead of a deal. john boehner called the house back into session for a rare sunday evening session. boehner says it's up to the senate to act. he says the house has done its part to -- it would extend existing tax cuts for all americans. >>> federal workers are told to take steps to prepare for possible furloughs if spending cuts that would be part of the fiscal cliff take effect. the office of personnel management issued new guidelines which state that employees will be gi
. >> there is some new hope for a deal to avoid going of the fiscal cliff. president obama will meet with congressional members later today. >> president obama and congressional leaders need to make progress. today's meeting at the white house could be a final opportunity. >> may be the president might make a new offer in getting toward the 11th hour of the negotiations. >> without a deal, taxes will go up on every worker and next week. et in.pending cuts sai >> the government is supposed to be working for the people and i do not see that. >> senators came back from their christmas break early. nt overblicans have bee backwards. we wanted an agreement. but we had no takers. >> we are in the same situation we it been in for a long time. we cannot negotiate with ourselves. >> house members will come back to work on sunday and will work through the new year if needed. republic and say they are willing to compromise on taxes but not more government spending. the goal is to get a deal before midnight monday. a growing number of lawmakers doubt that will happen. danielle leigh, wbal-tv 11
to avoid having the economy go over the fiscal cliff nears. as president obama is on his way back to washington, some lawmakers are also expected to get back to the nation's capital. >> with just five days left to reach an agreement, doubts are growing the white house and republicans can cut a deal in time. after spending part of his christmas holiday visiting troops in hawaii, president obama to resume but the talks. congressional aides said the holiday did not bring much progress and form on the initiations have yet to be scheduled. the senate is to attend the session thursday. when the house will reconvene is still uncertain. >> we were talking about the debt ceiling and it came down the 12 hour, the final few minutes before the deadline to get a full-fledged a grim past. >> some economists fear the combination of budget cuts and higher taxes could trigger another recession, as consumers cut back on spending. others said the deadline is not as firm. congress could pass a temporary measure early in the new year doubled will back any changes. political analysts warn some conseque
obama is holding a summit at the white house with congressional leaders later on today. >> so far, republicans have rejected any new taxes even those proposed by house speaker john boehner on people earning over a million dollars. instead, the gop wants deeper spending cuts to address the nation's deficit. the republican and democratic leaders in the senate continue to blame the other side. >> i guess with the dysfunctional republican caucus in the house, even the speaker can't tell what they are he going to do because he backed off of his own proposal. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> the senate is in session on capitol hill and house speaker banner has called lawmakers back into session sunday night at 6:30. but that only leaves just over 24 hours to come up with a deal. we want to know what you think about all of this. what do you think about congress not reaching a deal on the fiscal cliff? do you think it's possible that a compromise will be reached before t
now over to you. >>> bleak tone from some in congress on reaching a deal with white house to avoid the fiscal cliff. with one week to go president obama and congress are on christmas vacation. it will be thursday before talks resume to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts taking effect january 1st. on friday, speaker boehner and the president left town with no deal each making a parting pitch. >> we have asked leaders of congress to work towards a package preventing a tax hike on middle class americans protects unemployment insurance for two million americans, and lace the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would be red ink as far as the eye can see. and it would hurt jobs. >> if congress fails to reach any agreement in con-- income tax rates will go up on about everybody on january 1st. unemployment benefits will expire for many as well. >>> the u.s. senator arrested for driving under the influence says he is "deeply sorry" for what happened. police say that michael crapo was pulled over earl
. the nasdaq down 9. president obama has called top congressional leaders to a 3:00 p.m. meeting at the white house but lile indication of even a short term plan to avoid major tax hikes and spending cuts from automatically kicking in on january 1st. markets are worried about what happens to the economy early next year. business leaders also want president obama to keep the nation's sports operating if doc workers walk off the jobs on sunday. a strike by 14,000 longshoremen could cripple the flow of goods throughout ports in newark and port elizabeth up in the new jersey area and more than a dozen other u.s. ports. right now, the federally-mediated contract talks appear at a stalemate and no comments from the white house on if the president will use his authority to impose a cooling-off period. meanwhile, we got more good news on housing. pending home sales rose last month to their highest level in 2 1/2 years. according to the national association of realtors and pending home sales are up, 9.8% in the last 12 months. keith, back over to you. >> that's good news. hampton thanks for checking i
today to reach a deal to keep the country from plunging off the fiscal cliff. president obama hosting that meeting this afternoon at the white house. it will be the first time that he's met with congressional leaders since november 16th. they have just four days now to come to an agreement. democrats and republicans say that means a possible deal will likely extend tax cuts to middle class americans and postpone spending cuts scheduled to take effect. that means the contentious issue will likely be debated sometime in the future. >>> house lawmakers are preparing for an 11th hour deal. they're returning to washington for a rare sunday evening session. it's not clear what the house will do. house speaker john boehner still insists it's up to the senate to make the next move. >>> iran's state television is reporting the country's navy started training drills in the strait of hormuz. iran is reportedly warned other ships to stay away from the site until after the new year. the state tv report says it includes warships, submarines and jet fighters. other countries are worried these tests
-stakes meeting at the white house. at the table, president obama and congressional leaders. the goal is to reach an agreement. but the roots of this current crisis can be traced back to the previous administration. cnn's chief business correspondent has a look at how we got here. >> now we have passed a bold package of tax relief for america's families and businesses. >> reporter: it starts more than a decade ago when president bush initiated a series of tax cuts for all americans. but it's a deal with the devil. the cuts which are politically expedient expire in ten years time. >> both houses of congress have passed a package of tax relief that will protect the middle class. >> reporter: when it came time for the cuts to expire, the u.s. is emerging from the worst e recession from the great depression. so president obama agreed to extend the tax cuts for two more years in exchange for congress extending federal emergency unemployment benefits. those cuts are expensive. if they are extending by 2020, the bush era tax cuts will be responsible for more than half the total national debt. democrats
negotiations in washington. we will show you remarks from president obama at the white house and senate majority leader harry reid and mitch mcconnell on the senate floor. first, an update on where negotiations stand after the meeting between president and congressional leaders at the white house. >> steven dennis joins us from the role call as a white house reporter. stephen, how did the meeting between the president and congressional leaders go? >> i think it was a meeting where they may be set the framework for getting a short- term deal to avert tax increases for most americans, extend unemployment benefits, and maybe take care of a few other small things. at this point, it is a race against the clock and it is up to harry reid and mitch mcconnell and the senate to see if they can have a bipartisan compromise. the president said if he cannot come up with something in the next couple days, he wants harry reid to bring a bill to the floor that would do with the president wants to do, which is tax increases, extend unemployment benefits, etcetera, at least get a vote on it. harry reid
of time. there are only a few days until the deadline. >> president obama is hosting top leaders from the house and senate at the white house for more talks later this afternoon. fox5's sherri ly is live at the white house with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, tony, good morning, sarah. the tone here in washington hasn't changed much since before christmas, and now we have days to go before the deadline and the nation going over this fiscal cliff. the president is hoping that this afternoon's meeting at the white house with congressional democrat and republican leaders will help break the standoff. both sides continue to play the blame game here. senate majority leader reid attacked house leader boehner for blocking a vote while the gop led house isn't due back until sunday, a day before the deadline to avert the tax increases and spending cuts that could send the nation into recession again. the differences between the two sides, democrats want to raise money on everyone earning more than $250,000 a year. the president offered to up that to $400,000. republicans ejected new tax
, not just this satire of the white house that you get on saturday night live do -- >> not having to do with a major terrorist attack. >> to do the obama story while he's in office. >> which is what you did with tony blair. which it takes a lot of balls to do that. >> a film that was in development came to me about jack kennedy and i remember looking at it and it was very much exploring the area of the women and all that kind of stuff. and i was aware that this was such -- because you're now dealing with fact and mythology and dealing with the american psyche and what he represents and the darker side and what it could do and open up, i just thought this is too much for me. and also it has to be handled -- i didn't think that every brodget that's been around, i don't think anyone has been able to hand that will in a way i would feel comfortable getting involved in. because you are opening up a massive can of worms there and all the ramifications of it. and the idea of people in high ranking positions and adulterous affairs is still very current. and they would be something valid and exc
. president obama has called the top congressional leaders to the white house this afternoon, for the first talks in more on a month. but hope for a new deal is fading. the senate majority leader is accusing the speaker of running a dictatorship if there's no deal within four days. just about every american will see their taxes go on up. >>> and this morning, more snow is threatening to make holiday travel difficult for millions of americans. as sam has been telling us, snow is falling across the upper midwest and will be moving into the northeast tomorrow. meantime, the recovery from the last storm is just beginning. 135,000 homes and businesses still without power in arkansas alone. many of them could be in the dark through next week. >>> and this morning, russian president vladimir putin has signed a highly controversial bill which bans americans from adopting russian children. dozens of pending adoptions now frozen, even cases where children -- this is heartbreaking -- were just days away from moving to the united states. russia banned the adoptions in retaliation for a new u.s. law tha
away from the white house. but president obama is cutting short his christmas vacation. he is leaving hawaii tonight, so he can be back in washington when congress reconvenes tomorrow. and they can try once again to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. just about every american family will see their taxes increase on january 1 unless a deal is reached. lawmakers are expressing little optimism so far. meantime, the president spent christmas in hawaii, visiting a local marine base, thanking more than 100 troops and their families for their service. >>> and this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a major u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. three afghans, including a guard at camp chatman were killed in today's explosion. >>> back here at home, former major league baseball player andruw jones is free on bail this morning. he was arrested near atlanta early christmas morning on a battery charge, after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute with his wife. >>> and netflix, they are apologizing for a christmas outa
are waiting to hear if there's a deal in washington. tonight president obama addressed the country in talkses to. there's still no answer, but tonight the president says work is being done. >> congressional leaders left the white house today without a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. but the leaders and the president are still trying. >> i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and in fact the world economy isn't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> reporter: harry reid and mitch mccono agreed to spend the weekend working on a fall back plan that can pass both chambers of congress. >> some people will not like it, but that's where we are. >> reporter: president obama is pushing for a stop gap measure that would at least avoid tax increases on people earning less than $250,000. frustration is growing. a simple stop gap percent is not what men -- measure is not what many in washington hoped for. many blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would reduce spending and cut
in time. nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in hawaii where the first family is spending the holidays. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: natalie, good morning to you. president obama begins day three of his hawaiian holiday. white house officials say this is a working vacation, but talks on the fiscal cliff remain largely deadlocked. meanwhile, members of congress came to honolulu on sunday to along with the president say good-bye to one of their own. with the fiscal cliff deadline looming, lawmakers and president obama attended a memorial service in honolulu on sunday for the late senator daniel inoyue. >> he was really a legislative hero who would never hesitated to collaborate with a republican colleague for the good of the country. >> reporter: there was little sign of collaboration on the morning talk shows. >> my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. >> the president has been a pathetic fiscal leader. >> both sides blaming each other for the impact. >> i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for pol
christmas" to the patients at the medical center in washington. a creature was stirring, namely the obama family dog bo. the dog jumped on a lap and made himself right at home. the white house says visiting patients at the children's hospital, it is the first lady's holiday tradition dating back to the 1950s. >> it does not matter the size, all dogs think they are lap dogs. >> all dogs are lap dogs. >>> a puppy named john almost never got to be home with his family. >> thanks to the power of social media, he got there just in time for christmas. the adoption papers at the oregon humane society were signed and the belzer family, they were ready to take their puppy home. when the staff went to go get him, he was gone. he'd been stolen. the humane society put out a plea for help. >> folks in oregon care deeply about pets, and the social media pressure was outstanding. so i think when they realized they had a hot puppy so to speak, they were eager to return him to the shelter. >> we brought him in and our eyes just lit up and we were just really happy. >> the belzer family says john is their
are expected at the white house. senate leaders harry reid and its mcconnell, house leaders john boehner and nancy pelosi. it was a done with vice- president joe biden and president obama to work on a short time fixed for the crisis. >> i hope there is a deal that avoid the worst parts of the fiscal cliff, mainly taxes going up and middle-class people. i think the odds are better than they could be that people think. >> the agreement would include not only an extension of middle- class tax cuts but would also extend unemployment benefits for millions. >> tax increases need to be avoided, they can be. in the end, we will get a deal. the question is the timing. it is encouraging that both sides continue to sit down and have lines of communication open. >> but a smaller deal will only leave a problem for the incoming congress in january. that is discouraging to america's ceo's. >> we still have the big problem of how we are going to fix our deficit and debt in the country. we know the parties have to work together, and we know we have to resolve this as quickly as possible. >> wall street i
to student cam.corg -- .prg. first lady michelle obama and chefs how the demonstration at the white house dining room. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> are you excited? very nice. you are welcome. there you go. >> excellent. what would you like? green? there you go. you are doing a good job. >> wow. that is cute. >> what do you think? >> yeah, and you can put these on your tree, right? what do you think? you take a string and you thread it thru. have you threaded a needle before? then you tie it, and you may not at the end -- make a knot at the end. tied it like you are typing a share. -- tie it like you are tieing a shoe. there you go. tie it tight. that is cool. i like the way you combined the strength. do you like art? >> is that mr. lincoln? >> that is. have you seen the movie " lincoln?" it talks about one time in his life turned >> are you going to make something to eat? >> you are cold? come here. have you seen that before? you might be able to do that? where do we put the ornaments? hey. are they re
can't imagine their consciences. >> reporter: of course president obama has left hawaii. he is heading back to washington from his family vacation. we learned from the white house that the president had made calls to the top four congressional leaders mcconnell and boehner on the republican side, pelosi and reid on the democratic side. we'll see what the president has in mind when he touches down back in washington a little later this morning, harris. harris: mike you mentioned it. i'm mentioning it too. it is coming into the newsroom from senator mcconnell's spokesperson and just wondering what the republicans say they want. they want to review legislation and make decisions how best to proceed. they're waiting for now the white house to make the next move. >> reporter: there is definitely a game of chicken going on where the senate democrats are saying, well we need to know from mcconnell what he is willing to do. mcconnell is saying i will not rubberstamp a plan i haven't seen so you need to lay out a plan. we know from speaker boehner's spokesman he is in ohio. he will let us know
programs see major cuts. president obama met with republican and democratic leaders yesterday in a high stakes meeting at the white house. senate leaders will debate a new plan over the weekend, hoping to have a deal to vote on by monday. then it will go to the house. the president said a deal is critical for the nation. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013 as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not make a deal, here's how the physical cliff could affect you. first, income taxes will go up substantially. a middle class family will pay about $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because individuals will have to spend lesson fuel. you could see longer lines at the airport because budget cuts would force the tsa to cut its staff and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push retailers to offer discounts to get shoppers into their stores. >> the ballpark is all decked-out for the game this afternoon against the u.s. n
. >> president obama and congressional leaders need to make progress, and today's last met afternoon meeting at the white house could be a final opportunity. >> mcconnell seemed to give an indication that maybe, just maybe, the president might make a new offer giving -- getting toward the 11th-hour. >> off without a deal that cuts of the debt, taxes will go up on every worker next week. the extension to of unemployment benefits expires and deep spending cuts set in, threatening another recession. >> it really upsets me because the government is a blow to be working for the people and i don't see that. >> despite what is at stake, senators came back early only to engage in another round of bickering. >> republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. >> we wanted an agreement. but we had no takers. >> we are in the same situation we have been in for a long time here. we can't negotiate with ourselves. >> house members were not even planning. there are still home. they will come back this sunday and work through the new year, if needed. >> i wish they'd hurry
.s. debt ceiling- to-timothyguidnr. >> white house as president obama has made several phone calls to congressional leaders to talk about the fiscal cliff. >> the present call harry reid as well as house speaker john baker, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and house democratic leader nancy pelosi. >> mr. obamas because of four leading for his christmas vacation last night. >> former president george h. w. bush is in intensive care at a houston hospital this morning. >> mr. bush's been hospitalized there since last month with what is being described as a stubborn fever. >> spokesman for its office said that the 88 year-old involved all liquid diet and has been in i see you sunday. >> busch sr. was originally a minute to the hospital for bronchitis like cough. the cough has improved but now the fever is the issue. >> off the mount tam cam shows the view down the coast. we are getting ready for more rain. we will have an update on forecast coming [ female announcer ] this is a special message from at&t. [ male announcer ] it's no secret that the price of things just keeps goin
.com. just click on weather. >> in washington this morning a frank and clearly frustrated president obama said he is fed up with the fiscal cliff stale mate. he met with congressional leaders at the white house and announced there's work behind the scenes on a bipartisan deal and enissues an ultimatum. here's sally kidd with the latest. >> president sat down with john boehner and other congressional leaders in hopes of cutting a last minute deal. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reed and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over to the house and done in a timely fashion so that we met the december 31st deadline. >> we'll be working hard to see if we can try to get there in the next 24 hours. so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> senate leaders say they're hoping to come back with a proposal as early as sunday. >> whatever we come up with will be imperfect. some people aren't gonna like it. some people will like it less but that's where we are. >> the president said if agreement isn't reached by the deadline, he will ur
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